Parent Members 

Parent Members receive training and go through a certification process so they can assist and support other parents at IEP meetings when requested.

Requesting A Parent Member

If you want a Parent Member at your child’s IEP meeting, inform your Committee on Special Education (CSE) or school IEP team at least 72 hours (3 days) in advance by sending an email or going in person.

Becoming a Parent Member

Eligibility: You are not an NYC Public School employee, and your child currently has an IEP or had one in the past five years;

  1. Attend a Parent Member training with INCLUDEnyc—Training offered around NYC, periodically throughout the year.
  2. After completing the training, you will receive a certificate and information about the next steps which will include fingerprint clearance.
  3. Once your fingerprints have been processed and officially cleared for security purposes, your name and contact information will be shared with CSEs and school IEP teams which will allow families to request your presence during their child’s IEP meeting(s).
  4. After attending an IEP meeting, Parent IEP Members are paid up to $50 per day ($20 for the first 2 hours, $6 per hour after that, for a maximum of $50) for each IEP meeting attended. You are responsible for your travel costs.

For questions about becoming a parent member, email: